Plug Power Inc. 's ( PLUG ) shares plunged 16.5% yesterday to $4.24 after it reported a wider-than-expected third-quarter 2014 loss.
Plug Power reported third-quarter adjusted loss of 4 cents per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 3 cents.
Including a gain associated with the change in fair value of formerly issued common stock warrants, the company's net loss per share was 6 cents compared with 19 cents a year ago.
In the quarter under review, Plug Power's total revenues of $19.9 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $24 million by 17.1%. The top line, however, increased significantly from $4.6 million in the prior-year quarter.
Strong rise in sales of products (up 396.8% year over year) and services (up 324.2%) primarily led to the surge in reported revenues. This was partially offset by lower research and development contract revenues (down 19.7%).
Highlights of the Release
Plug Power shipped 857 GenDrive units in the third quarter, up 24.7% sequentially and 452.9% year over year. During the quarter, the company provided GenDrive units to numerous customers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ( WMT ), The Procter & Gamble Co. ( PG ), BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The company's bookings from customers during the quarter stood at more than $25.6 million. Orders came primarily from customers like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Wal-Mart and several others.
Plug Power's cost of revenue jumped 145.5% year over year to $21 million primarily due to higher cost of both product and service revenues, and research and development expenses. In addition, selling, general and administrative expenses also increased 79.8% year over year.
The company reported operating loss of $10.7 million in the third quarter, compared with $8 million a year ago.
As of Sep 30, 2014, Plug Power had cash and cash equivalents of $156.5 million compared with $5 million as of Dec 31, 2013.
Net cash used in operating activities in the first nine months of 2014 was $31 million versus $17.9 million in the year-ago period.
Plug Power provided its guidance for fourth-quarter 2014 GenDrive shipment in the range of 900-1,000 units.
For 2014, the company provided revenue projection in the band of $70-$75 million versus previous the estimate of $75 million.
The sentiment was overall bearish in this space with two other fuel cell makers, FuelCell Energy Inc. ( FCEL ) and Ballard Power Systems Inc. ( BLDP ) losing a respective 6.9% and 8.6% yesterday. It seems that investors are not too pleased with these companies at the moment.
Plug Power currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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